Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.89
Liaison Eva Rocke
Submission Date June 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Montana
PRE-2: Points of Distinction

Status Score Responsible Party
N/A Eva Rocke
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s featured sustainability program, initiative, or accomplishment:
Numerous interdisciplinary sustainability-focused academic programs

A brief description of the institution’s featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:

Sustainability makes a strong appearance across UM's academic offerings. We offer a multitude of sustainability-focused majors, minors, certificates, and concentrations including:

- Certificates in: Indigenous Knowledge and Environmental Sustainability, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, Climate Change Studies, Environmental Ethics, Green Building, and Sustainable Business Strategy

- Degrees in: Ecological Restoration, Wilderness Studies, Native American Studies, Environmental Studies, and Sustainability Science & Practice


Which of the following impact areas does the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Curriculum

Website URL where more information about the accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
AC-3 and AC-4

A photograph or document associated with the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:
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Name of a second highlighted sustainability program/initiative/accomplishment:
Campus Food Security Initiatives

A brief description of the second program/initiative/accomplishment:

UM has invested considerably in campus programs and resources to support and improve food security among our students and employees. Efforts include:
- A new campus seed library housed within the Mansfield Library
- Continuing to support the ASUM Community Garden in partnership with Garden City Harvest
- A new food pantry located within our student union coupled with a small garden that grows produce distributed through the food pantry
- The PEAS farm and agricultural education program that offers courses in sustainable agriculture and internships for students to learn agricultural skills
- All UM-owned food outlets accept SNAP benefits


Which impact areas does the second program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Food & Dining
Diversity & Affordability

Website URL where more information about the second program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the second program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
OP-8, EN-10, and IN-7

A photograph or document associated with the second program/initiative/accomplishment:
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Name of a third highlighted program/initiative/accomplishment:
Strategic Efforts to Support DEI across campus

A brief description of the third program/initiative/accomplishment:

UM has had a committee focused on diversity and inclusivity for many years. But, in the last few years, we have invested heavily in full-time professional staff dedicated to supporting this work and advising our leadership on what it looks like to truly build a culture of inclusivity, diversity, and equity at UM. Efforts include:
- The creation of the Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI) to support emerging women leaders in staff and faculty roles across campus
- The SEA Change initiative, which is the student-focused counterpart to WLI and offers courses, mentorship, and outreach to encourage the leadership of young women students on our campus
- The recruitment and hire of a Tribal Outreach Specialist that works directly with tribal communities around the state not only to recruit Native students but also to better identify the things UM can do to better support Native students and encourage the completion of 4 year degrees
- The recruitment and hire of a Director of Inclusive Excellence. This and the Tribal Outreach Specialist report directly to the President and are meant to help drive the Priorities for Action that relate to student and employee success


Which impact areas does the third program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Diversity & Affordability
Wellbeing & Work

Website URL where more information about the third program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the third program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
PA-5

A photograph or document associated with the third program/initiative/accomplishment:
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